Planning for August festival continues as first headline shows announced

Despite the challenges we are all facing at the moment we have to remain positive and keep looking to the future; hoping that things improve for everyone for the summer. Planning continues for the 2020 Rye International Jazz and Blues festival, now in its ninth year, which takes place from 27-31 August.

Award-winning British soul singer Gabrielle opens the festival on Friday 28 August. This special concert is kindly sponsored by CLS Property Insight and Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors.

Gabrielle has sold over five million records and you can expect to see her perform songs from her impressive career including Rise, Dreams, Give Me A Little More Time, Out Of Reach and songs from her sixth studio album “Under My Skin” released in August 2018. Follow this link for tickets.


British jazz funk giants Incognito perform an evening headline concert on Saturday 29 August – you will be treated to irresistible grooves and soulful vocals punctuated by the trademark Incognito horns. Soaked in soul, coated in jazz with more than a twist of funk and dance, Incognito’s catchy numbers are infectious, one reason why Incognito remains an energetic live act across the world.

For their 16th studio album, Amplified Soul, Incognito returned to their jazz-funk roots. If you have not seen them live, this is the band to see so bring your dancing shoes, get into the groove and release your inhibitions! Follow this link for tickets.

China Moses

On Sunday 30 August the festival proudly presents the high voltage soul and jazz diva China Moses with a career as a singer as well as presenter for MTV France, TSF Jazz Radio and more. China was born in Los Angeles and raised in Paris and is a rare young, female artist – capable of swinging with the finest, drawing on her mastery of tempo and R&B heritage as she takes her audience beyond the known to a universe uniquely her own. Follow this link for tickets.

An exciting new addition to this year’s festival is the “Backbeat Lounge” located at the Brewery Yard Club in Rye. The coolest jazz, blues and contemporary music performances will take place here during the festival. You can expect the very best in top quality live music from Thursday, Monday August 27 through to the following Monday, with afternoon, evening and late night performances with some of the best musicians in the country. The facilities at the Brewery Yard Club are superb with a fully licenced bar, cabaret style seating, lounge area and dedicated performance stage with atmospheric lighting and superb sound.

The festival programme always includes a wide range of free outdoor music including jazz, blues, roots, soul, funk, Latin and contemporary music with established and rising music talent from across the south east. These free events also include street music, marching bands and music at many local venues and music workshops. Naturally these events can only go ahead with support from patrons, sponsors, grant funding and any profits from ticket sales are invested back to enable these free events. We therefore hope that the financial effects from the coronavirus crisis does not have too great an impact on this part of the programming.

As a not for profit organisation we hope our supporters and audiences will work with us to keep the music playing.

Posted on 19/03/2020 by Ian Bowden

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